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• The Associated Press reports that Amazon.com says it is hiring people to fill 7,000 jobs in 13 states, "beefing up staff at the warehouses where it fills orders, and in its customer service division." Some 5,000 of the jobs will be full-time positions in its various US distribution centers, and the other 2,000 will be in customer service.

The story notes that Amazon "has been spending heavily on order fulfillment, a strategy meant to help the business grow," though those expenses have caused the e-tailer to report a loss for the last quarter.
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